If you do not know who Major James Capers is, I highly recommend that you learn about this great American and highly-decorated war hero. Capers was born in Bishopville, South Carolina in the Jim Crowe south. During the Vietnam War, just three generations removed from slavery, he became the first African American to receive a battlefield commission as part of Marine Force Recon. Capers’s team, which called themselves “Team Broadminded” conducted more than 50 classified missions in 1966 alone.

Recently, I had the honor to sit with Major Capers in his home and ask for his thoughts on several topics. Capers had previously been recommended for the Medal of Honor, but it was downgraded to the Silver Star. There is now an active push to get his award upgraded but it remains to be seen whether or not it will ever happen during the Major’s lifetime;  he is nearly 83 years old.

Enjoy the Q&A below, and please purchase a copy of his incredible memoirs which are titled Faith Through the Storm: Memoirs of James Capers, Jr. Major Capers donates all proceeds to charity.

SOFREP: Do you have any advice for a young person that is interested in joining the Marine Corps?